Monday, March 20, 2017


Book Madness is back!  While many are turning their heads toward college basketball for the NCAA tournament, we are watching the most popular books from 2016 compete in their own tournament.  We won't know which book will win until April, but it will be fun to see how things shake out.

Last year's final four books were The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Liar by Nora Roberts, Gray Mountain by John Grisham, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  Ultimately, The Nightingale came out on top.

After the weekend, we have narrowed our competitors down to the Sweet Sixteen! 

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich (8)
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (4)
The Last Mile by David Baldacci (3)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (7)
15th Affair by James Patterson (1)
Extreme Prey by John Sandford (4)
Off the Grid by C.J. Box (11)
See Me by Nicholas Sparks (2)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (1)
The Guilty by David Baldacci (4)
Blue by Danielle Steel (3)
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb(7)
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (1)
X by Sue Grafton (4)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (3)
Private Paris by James Patterson (2)

To take a look at the complete bracket or see the complete book list, stop by the library's book madness display!
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Monday, March 13, 2017


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regen Barnhill is the winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal.  The Newbery Medal is awarded each year by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.  For more information on the Newbery Medal, or to see past winners, visit:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a fantasy tale about a girl raised by a witch.  Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch in order to keep her from hurting the town.  However, the witch, Xan, is actually kind.  She rescues the children and delivers them to families on the other side of the forest, feeding them starlight on the way.  One year, she accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead.  This gives the child magic abilities.  Xan decides that she must raise this girl (who she names Luna) as her own.  In order to keep Luna safe from her own power, Xan locks it deep inside Luna.  Then, on her 13th birthday, Luna's magical abilities begin to emerge.  At the same time, a young man from the Protectorate has decided to free his people by killing the witch.  It will be up to Luna to protect those she loves.

Already finished The Girl Who Drank the Moon?  Then, give one of these a try!

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Runway Princess by Kate Coombs
Howl's Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh

Monday, March 6, 2017


This month we will be reading Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's for Book to Movie Club. Truman Capote is a novelist and playwright; he wrote numerous short stories, novels, and plays.  He is best known for Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.  Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella that centers around Holly Golightly, and it was made into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn in 1961.

If you enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany's, you may like some of these works as well.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Slade House by David Mitchell

If you enjoyed Audrey Hepburn's performance, then you may want to check out some of her other films.

Roman Holiday
War and Peace
Funny Face
The Children's Hour
My Fair Lady
How to Steal a Million

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Monday, February 27, 2017

New Baby Booklist

Parents often ask for books to help explain and prepare children for changes in their lives. One of the biggest changes in a young child's life can be adding a new sibling to the family. There are lots of great books about this topic to help calm fears, answer questions, and build excitement. Here are a few of our favorites:

A Baby Sister for Frances by Russell Hoban
Frances learns to cope with all the changes in her home after the arrival of her new sibling.

Julius: The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Lilly is distraught when her new baby brother gets all the attention from her new parents - she just doesn't see what's so great about him until her cousin garland challenges her to stand up for her new baby brother.

One Special Day by Lola Schaefer
Spencer can be wild as a tiger and strong as a bear. One special day he learns how to be a big brother.

I'm a Big Sister and I'm a Big Brother by Joanna Cole
A brightly illustrated book celebrating the addition of a new sibling to a family from the perspective of the older child.

The New Small Person by Lauren Child
Lauren Child's humorous style shines in this story of Elmore's family as they welcome a new baby sister.

What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff
A guide for young children that will answer their questions about having a new baby at home.

Will You Still Love Me? by Carol Roth
A sweet tale to calm fears of a new big sibling.

Many favorite characters have tales of becoming a big sibling.
Angelina's Baby Sister by Katharine Holabird
Arthur's New Baby by Marc Brown
The Berenstain Bears' New Baby by Stan Berenstain
Big Brother Daniel (Daniel Tiger) by Angela Santomero
Biscuit and the Baby by Alyssa Capucilli
Cornelius R. Mud, Are You Ready For Baby? by Barney Saltzberg
Franklin's Baby Sister by Paulette Bourgeois
Froggy's Baby Sister by Jonathan London
The New Baby (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer
Spot's Baby Sister by Eric Hill

Monday, February 20, 2017

Young Love

Our Young Adult collection is full of great stories - adventure, horror, magic, coming of age, and so much more. This week we're highlighting some of the great love stories that can be found in the YA collection.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This 2017 Printz Honor Book tells the story of Daniel and Natasha, who meet by chance on the street in New York City on very important days for both of them. Natasha, an undocumented immigrant, is hours away from being deported, and Daniel is on his way to an important college interview that seems like the first step of the rest of his life. Fans will also enjoy Yoon's debut novel Everything, Everything.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park don't fit in. One school year they find each other in this touching story of first love. Fans of of this will also enjoy Rowell's other books Fangirl and Carry On.

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
A girl named Honey and a boy named Moon find themselves and love and in this magical story. Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is reluctantly spending her senior year at a boarding school in France, instead of at home with her friends in Atlanta. Anna falls in love with the city with the help of her new beau. Etienne St. Clair. This is the first in the series.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
The latest installment from Laura Jean, the main character in To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Laura is still writing love letters, but this time her heart is torn between two love interests.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Two students meet in a creative writing class. Their love story is told through the eyes of everyone around them, their teacher, the barista at Starbucks, and more.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen is well known for her love stories like The Moon and More and Lock and Key. Saint Anything tells the story of Sydney whose is dealing with the aftermath of her brother's drunk driving accident. She discovers forgiveness, friendship, and love. Look for her newest book Once and For All, out this summer!

No YA romance list would be complete without John Green. His love stories like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns have been made into hit movies. Read his first novel, Looking for Alaskabefore it hits the big screen!

And if you're not a fan of happy endings try Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler to witness the heartbreaking unraveling of a relationship.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Youth Media Awards

A couple of weeks ago at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta the awards for the best books, videos, and audiobooks for children and teens were announced.

Here are a few of the 2017 winners. Check out the complete list of awards and winners here.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

Four Caldecott Honor Books were also named this year:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly Barnhill

Three Newbery Honor Books were also named:

The Michael L. Printz Award  for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature winner: March By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Four Printz Honor Books were also named this year:

Monday, February 6, 2017

Parent Makers

The maker movement has exploded into our culture in the past few years. Maker culture is an extension of do-it-yourself (DIY) culture with an emphasis on technologies such as robotics, 3D printing, electronics as well as traditional crafts like woodworking, textiles, and more. There are many resources available in print and online for projects ideas and guides.

On Saturday, February 4th we are hosted a maker workshop for adults specifically targeted at making with and for young children. With this group we aim to share ideas about projects, tips and tricks, and make a few things to take home. You can find out more about the workshop on our website:

In the meantime, here is a list of wonderfully inspiring book focused on art, creativity, and making with children.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley
This book is full of great ideas to encourage creativity and invention in your home. There are a lot of ideas and practical advice for parents looking to inspire their little ones from how to foster a creative environment in your home to step by step project ideas.

Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children by Christie Burnett
Focused on process art, this book shares advice, project ideas, and more for families looking to create art together and individually.

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van't Hull
Van't Hull shares dozens of project ideas, supply lists, and recipes that she has tested out with her family. The Artful Parent details her parenting philosophy and ideas for including art in home life. The Artful Year shares ideas for activities and projects organized by the four seasons and encourages families to explore and create inside and outdoors.

Maker Dad by Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Fraruenfelder has worked as the editor in chief of MAKE magazine. In this book he shares guides for fun, technology based projects for children and caregivers to build together. Many of the projects include computer programming, robotics, electronics, and other topics best suited for older children.

Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children  by Lisa Daly and Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers by Miriam Beloglovsky
The idea of loose parts is to capture children's curiosity and to give them space to explore, create, and learn through play. The best part of these books are the beautiful, large photographs that will inspire you to find and play with loose parts with the young children in your life.

Pirates & Pompoms: How to Make Children's Toys and Costumes by Stella Bell
This guide is wonderful for adults looking to create handmade toys to encourage creative play in children. There are patterns for knitting projects, templates for toys and and many bright photographs to inspire readers.